How are you in Investing in Others?

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“Never act from motives of rivalry or personal vanity, but in humility, think more of each other than you do of yourselves” Philippians 4:2

I found myself thinking about my recent Elijah House training. Throughout the month of intense training one idea stood out to me. “Much of our growing, healing and restoration comes through working things out in relationships.” Much of what we read about Jesus and his ministry all revolves around relationships.

As I was thinking about this idea I was drawn to the story of the paralyzed man in Mark 2:1-12. In this story we meet four friends who had heard that Jesus would be visiting their town. So, the four friends got to the man’s house early and carried him for hours through the hot sun to the house where Jesus would be ministering. When the friends got to the house there were huge crowds. Instead of giving up, the friends got creative and cut a hole in the roof and lowered their sick friend down to Jesus. Due to the persistence of the man’s four friends Jesus healed the paralyzed man. “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the Paralyzed man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven’. Not only did Jesus forgive the man of his sins, he told the man to “Get up, take your mat and go home.”

This story reminds me of the resolve Christians need to have in standing the gap when someone is facing a challenge.  Often people need people who will be present and carry them when their strength and resolve is all gone.

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Notice that the four friends didn’t offer platitudes or told the man they would pray for him. These friends rolled up their sleeves, used ingenuity, commitment and exercised their faith and did what needed to be done to see their friend healed.

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If the world and Christians ever needed people who would exercise this kind of love and faith it is now. You and I have the power through the Lord Jesus Christ to believe and be a lifeline for those who need affirmation, restoration and reconciliation.  We have the ability through the Holy Spirit to be tools of refreshment, hope and renewal. The question is… will we make that commitment even if it’s inconvenient? It could make a world of difference in our lives and the lives of others.